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Alert after letter bomb found at Derry post office

BY CLAIRE WILLIAMSON

A letter bomb has been found during a security alert at a postal sorting office in Londonderry.

It is understood the viable device was in a white A4 envelope with the address written in grey typed stencil.

Police and Army bomb experts were sent to the offices on Great James Street yesterday afternoon.

It follows a spate of letter bomb attacks.

Last month, seven were sent from the Republic to Army recruitment offices across England.

In October, letter bombs were sent to the Secretary of State, a senior PSNI officer in Derry and the Public Prosecution Service office in Derry.

Dissident republicans in the city are the main suspects for the campaign.

SDLP councillor Sean Carr condemned the attack in what he described as a busy business area.

He said: "Again they are putting post office workers' lives at risk, where they will be maimed or killed.

"It's them that have to handle it. I totally condemn it and I call on whoever is doing it to stop it," said Mr Carr.

Members of the public have been urged to remain vigilant and to report any similar packages to the PSNI immediately.

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